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Author: Sophia Man
02 Apr 2024

Get ready! As Hong Kong steps into the spring of 2024, your skin will have its own set of challenges thanks to the humidity. We've got you covered with a roundup of the best acne cleansers that will help you tackle those seasonal breakouts head-on.


What Causes a Seasonal Breakout?

Ever wonder why your skin freaks out when the weather changes? It's all about how your skin reacts to different environmental conditions - like changes in the weather, humidity levels, and even air pollution or pollen. When it's humid, your skin might hold onto more moisture, leading to a sweaty, oily mess that traps dirt and bacteria, clogging up your pores. On the flip side, less humidity can dry out your skin, making tiny tears that let bad stuff in, causing inflammation and acne. Plus, these changes can make your skin produce more oil, which doesn't help the situation. And if that wasn't enough, shifts in temperature and humidity can make your skin's blood vessels do a little dance of expansion and contraction, which might leave you looking redder, especially if your skin is on the sensitive side.



Why Are Seasonal Changes a Big Deal in Hong Kong's Humid Spring?

Thanks to its spot near the South China Sea, Hong Kong's springtime means humidity goes through the roof, often soaring above 80%. More humidity equals more sweat and oil sitting on your skin, creating a sticky layer that traps heat and dirt, while paving the way for acne-causing bacteria to have a field day. The city's hustle and pollution add another layer of skin stress, weakening your natural defenses and making your skin a magnet for problems. Plus, spring doesn't just bring flowers; it also brings a bunch of allergens like pollen, ramping up irritation and sensitivity. It's a tough season for your skin!


How Do Seasonal Changes Affect Each Skin Type?

Normal Skin

Got normal skin? What a lucky gal you are! Still, you might notice it getting a little oilier or spotting some dry areas as the weather does its thing. Keeping your skincare balanced is key. Stay hydrated, both by drinking water and using hydrating products, to keep your skin's barrier strong and happy.

Dry Skin

If you're in the dry skin camp, the seasonal shift might leave you feeling tighter and more irritated, thanks to things like indoor heating or AC zapping moisture. Look for super hydrating masks and overnight treatments packed with skin-loving ingredients like ceramides and glycerin to lock in moisture. And don't forget about humidifiers - they can be a dry skin's best friend.

Oily Skin

Oily skin types, brace yourselves. Higher humidity can crank up your skin's oil production, leading to shine and potential breakouts. A good cleansing routine, some smart use of blotting papers and primers, and gentle daily exfoliation can keep the oil at bay without stripping your skin.

Combination Skin

Combination skin faces the double-edged sword of managing both oilier areas, which may worsen with seasonal humidity, and dryer patches that require adequate hydration. Employing zone-specific care, such as oil-absorbing agents in the T-zone and emollients in dryer areas, ensures balanced care.

Acne-Prone Skin

For those wrestling with acne-prone skin, the increased humidity isn't doing you any favors, possibly leading to more frequent and intense breakouts. Stick to non-comedogenic products to keep pores clear, and don't shy away from early spot treatment. And a chat with your dermatologist for tailored advice? Always a good move as the seasons change.

Sensitive Skin

Seasonal shifts can be a rough ride for sensitive skin, with more redness, irritation, and general discomfort. Opting for gentle, fragrance-free products and being cautious with new additions to your routine are smart moves. And don't underestimate the power of managing stress to keep your skin calm and collected through the seasonal switch-up.



5 Essential Skincare Tips for Changing Seasons

Drink Up and Slather On

Staying hydrated isn't just about drinking water (though that's super important!). It's about giving your skin a drink, too. You know the top layer of your skin? It needs water to fight off bad vibes like pollution and allergens. Drinking plenty of water keeps your cells happy and helps flush out toxins. And don't forget to layer on products with hydrating heroes like hyaluronic acid or natural oils to lock in moisture and keep your skin barrier tough against those unpredictable weather changes.

Time to Switch Up Your Moisturizer

Just like you switch your wardrobe with the seasons, your skin needs a wardrobe change too! When it's hot and sticky, go for something light that won't clog your pores. And when it gets chilly, bring in the heavy hitters to keep your skin from drying out. It's all about giving your skin what it needs to stay balanced, no matter what the thermometer says.

Sunscreen: Your Daily Armor

Rain or shine, indoors or out, SPF is your best friend. Those UV rays don't take a day off, even when it's cloudy. Slathering on a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher every day keeps those premature aging signs and skin damage at bay. Plus, it helps keep any seasonal skin woes, like dark spots or dryness, from getting worse.

Get Your Scrub On (Gently)

Seasons change, and so does your skin's texture. Regularly getting rid of dead skin cells helps keep your skin smooth and clear, and makes sure your skincare products can do their job right. Whether you're team chemical (AHAs and BHAs) or physical scrub, find what works for your skin and make it a part of your routine. Your skin will thank you with a glow that lasts all season long.

Cleansing: Customize It

As the air around you changes, so should your approach to washing your face. A gel or foaming cleanser can keep your skin clear in the muggy months, while a creamy cleanser can save your skin from the winter dry spell. Tailoring your cleansing routine helps keep your skin balanced and ready to absorb all the goodness from your other skincare products.


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7 Key Ingredients to Look for in Acne Face Washes

Salicylic Acid

Think of salicylic acid as your pore's best friend. It dives deep to break up the gunk that causes pimples and blackheads. Plus, it smooths your skin and helps even out your skin tone, keeping your face looking fresh.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is like a superhero for your pores, delivering a knockout to acne-causing bacteria. It also helps break down the mix of oil and dead skin that leads to acne, keeping your skin clear and bright.

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is all about giving you that glow by getting rid of dead skin cells and boosting new cell growth. It also helps with fine lines and dark spots, making it a powerhouse for keeping your skin smooth and even.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is nature's answer to acne. It fights the bacteria that cause breakouts, all while soothing your skin and reducing swelling and redness. It's a gentle alternative for those who prefer to keep their skincare routine on the natural side.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

Niacinamide is a jack-of-all-trades. It calms inflammation, controls oil, and strengthens your skin's barrier, keeping moisture in and irritants out. It's especially great for calming redness and keeping oily skin in check.


Zinc is your go-to for reducing inflammation and regulating oil production. It's like a peacekeeper for your skin, helping to soothe acne irritation and promote a healthy balance.

Green Tea Extract

Packed with antioxidants, green tea extract calms inflammation and protects your skin from damage caused by environmental bad guys. It also helps keep your skin firm and bouncy by fighting off collagen breakdown.



Top Acne Cleansers for Seasonal Changes, Recommended By Dermatologists

Best Overall: Neutrogena Oil-Free Salicylic-Acid Acne-Fighting Face Wash

- Texture & Scent: This gel cleanser lathers into a luxurious foam with a mild and clean fragrance, designed to offer a refreshing cleanse without overwhelming the senses. - Key Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (2%) acts as a keratolytic agent, breaking down keratin in the skin to unclog pores and reduce acne by exfoliating the skin's surface. - Unique Traits: Formulated to be oil-free, it targets acne without adding excess oil to the skin, making it suitable for a wide range of skin types, from oily to combination. - Pros: Effective in treating and preventing acne breakouts by deeply cleansing pores without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. - Cons: May not provide sufficient hydration for users with extremely dry skin, necessitating the use of a moisturizer.

Best for Dry Skin: Derma E Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

- Texture & Scent: Offers a lightweight gel consistency that is fragrance-free, catering to those who prefer a non-sensory aggravating skincare routine. - Key Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid for its intense hydration properties, Chamomile Extract for soothing skin irritation, and Vitamins A & E for their antioxidant benefits. - Unique Traits: Specifically avoids harsh surfactants, focusing on moisturizing and soothing ingredients that respect the skin's barrier function. - Pros: Provides hydration and soothes the skin, making it an excellent choice for dry, acne-prone skin without causing additional dryness or irritation. - Cons: Might not be potent enough for severe acne conditions without additional targeted acne treatments.

Best for Oily Skin: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Deep-Cleansing Foaming-Cream Cleanser

- Texture & Scent: A dense foaming cream that effectively cleanses oily skin with minimal fragrance to suit sensitive noses. - Key Ingredients: Salicylic Acid for exfoliation and Glycerin for hydration, balancing the need for a deep cleanse with moisture retention. - Unique Traits: It's engineered to manage excessive sebum production while promoting skin turnover, revealing fresher, clearer skin underneath. - Pros: Excellently suited for oily and acne-prone skin, it reduces shine and clears up acne without harshly stripping the skin. - Cons: Its robust formula may be too intense for dry or sensitive skin areas, requiring a more hydrating cleanser for balance.

Best for Combination Skin: KraveBeauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser

- Texture & Scent: A transformative gel to a creamy foam texture, unscented to cater to all skin types, including sensitive skin. - Key Ingredients: Antioxidant-rich Matcha, moisturizing Hemp Seed Oil, and Sodium PCA to maintain skin's natural hydration levels. - Unique Traits: The cleanser balances the diverse needs of combination skin, offering oil control where needed while hydrating dry patches. - Pros: Its ability to cleanse without disrupting the skin's moisture barrier leaves the skin feeling refreshed and balanced. - Cons: May necessitate a secondary cleanse for thorough makeup removal.

Best for Acne-Prone Skin: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser

- Texture & Scent: A cooling gel texture with a light medicinal scent, indicating its targeted acne-fighting properties. - Key Ingredients: 2% Salicylic Acid for its exfoliating properties and Glycerin for moisture, tackling acne at its source while keeping the skin hydrated. - Unique Traits: The formula targets excess oil production and deep cleanses pores, specifically formulated for acne-prone skin. - Pros: Reduces acne outbreaks by addressing them at the root, controlling oil production, and preventing pore clogging. - Cons: May require additional hydrating products in a skincare routine for those with dry skin areas.

Best for Sensitive Skin: EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser

- Texture & Scent: A thick, rich foam that offers a gentle cleanse, with a barely-there scent to ensure no irritation or sensory overload. - Key Ingredients: Features bromelain for reducing inflammation and apple amino acids for skin hydration, creating a pH-balanced formula that respects sensitive skin's needs. - Unique Traits: This cleanser's gentle yet effective formula is free from sulfates, phthalates, and parabens, making it ideal for the most reactive skin types. - Pros: Cleanses sensitive skin without causing redness or irritation, providing a soothing experience that leaves skin feeling calm and refreshed. - Cons: Its gentle nature may require the use of additional treatments for makeup removal or to address specific acne concerns.

Best for Rosacea: Skinfix Acne 2% BHA Cleanser

- Texture & Scent: A silky gel texture that's gentle on the skin, with minimal scent to avoid irritation. - Key Ingredients: 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid) for gentle exfoliation, Azelaic Acid for its anti-inflammatory properties, and Niacinamide to strengthen the skin barrier. - Unique Traits: Specially designed for skin prone to rosacea, it balances effective acne treatment with ingredients known to reduce redness and inflammation. - Pros: Targets acne while being mindful of rosacea, reducing flare-ups and soothing irritated skin. - Cons: Users with particularly reactive rosacea may need to introduce the product slowly to monitor skin response.

Best for Cystic-Acne: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser

- Texture & Scent: Refreshing gel formulation with a clinical scent that reassures its medicated properties. - Key Ingredients: 2% Salicylic Acid for penetrating deep into pores and Glycerin to ensure the skin remains hydrated during acne treatment. - Unique Traits: The cleanser's lipophilic properties target areas with excessive oil production, making it highly effective against cystic acne. - Pros: Offers targeted treatment for cystic acne by focusing on the root causes such as excess oil and pore clogging. - Cons: Continuous usage is often necessary for lasting effects, with attention to hydration to prevent dryness.

Best for Acne Scars: SkinCeuticals Purifying Cleanser

- Texture & Scent: A light gel texture that provides a deep cleanse without leaving a residue, with a clean, clinical scent. - Key Ingredients: Glycolic Acid for promoting cell turnover to reduce scarring, and Glycerin for its hydrating properties. - Unique Traits: Apart from cleansing, it's formulated to lessen the appearance of acne scars through increased cell turnover, improving skin texture and tone. - Pros: Effectively reduces the appearance of acne scars while cleansing the skin, making it ideal for post-acne care. - Cons: May require the use of sunscreen due to increased photosensitivity from glycolic acid.


The Acne Treatment: All in 1 Exfoliate, Soothe, Hydrate for a Refreshed, Acne-Free Face!

Perfect Medical's Acne Treatment is your new ally against breakouts all year-round!

Say hello to state-of-the-art vacuum dermabrasion technology, painlessly unclogging your pores and exfoliating away the causes of acne—oil, dirt, and dead skin cells.

After your face is sparkly clean, an exclusive, medical-grade hydrating essence is infused into your pores. The intense hydration soothes your skin layers into reducing sebum secretion, preventing inflammation and acne-bacterial growth. The hydration also kick-starts deep-skin collagen repair, giving you bouncy, glowing skin.

At the end, your facial skin will become refreshed, healthy and acne-free!

The Acne Treatment isn't just a cleanse; it's a long-term, comprehensive skin care strategy for all skin types. The innovative technology controls acne bacteria, prevents future breakouts, and tackles everything from pimples, blackheads to oily skin, leaving you with nothing but clear, silky, and flawless skin!

Perfect Medical’s Acne Treatment is safe, painless, non-irritating and wound-free, delivering long-lasting results. A few sessions are all you needed; each session is short and requires no recovery period – you can simply go on with your routine.

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Lifestyle Habits to Improve Skin Quality During Seasonal Changes

Eat a Balanced Diet for Glowing Skin

Your skin loves a good meal, especially one that’s colorful with fruits, veggies, and healthy fats. Think of it as fueling your skin’s fight against the baddies like free radicals and inflammation. And don’t forget whole grains to keep those sugar spikes—and thus, inflammation—at bay.

Sleep for Beautiful Skin

Yes, beauty sleep is real. It’s when your skin gets to repair and rejuvenate itself. Aim for those golden hours of sleep, and treat your skin to a nice nighttime routine before hitting the pillow. Creating a sleep haven will help you catch those Zs in peace.

Manage Stress for Clearer Skin

Stress is a skin saboteur, spiking cortisol and wreaking havoc on your complexion. Finding your zen through yoga, meditation, or whatever chills you out can make a world of difference. It’s all about keeping those stress levels in check for happier skin.

Wash Your Pillowcases for Skin Health

Pillowcases can be a playground for bacteria and all things icky, contributing to breakouts. Keeping them fresh and clean is a simple yet effective way to give your skin a break. For the sensitive-skinned, consider upping the washing frequency.


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